Buying in bulk can mean two different things. One meaning of bulk is purchasing large quantities of goods upfront from a retailer like CostCo or Sam’s Club, but bulk also means buying items loose, like beans or spices from a Co-op or in the designated bulk section at most grocery stores. Both can save you money and help reduce packaging waste that ends up in your trash can, and ultimately the landfill.
Buying items loose from a grocery store, or from the bulk aisle, allows you to buy just what you need for a recipe. This can be a fun way to try new foods and recipes. By bringing your own container to the grocery store you can dramatically cut down on packaging waste. Call the store first to see if they allow you to bring your own container.